What Piece of Advice Changed Your Life?
My father taught me to say what I’m going to do, and then do it. So simple. My entire professional career and personal life sits on top of this solid foundation.
How Has Being a Member of the Babson Community Helped Impact Your Career?
So many ways! Vocationally, Professor Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg connected me with Made By Survivors—an international nonprofit uplifting victims of trafficking and severe abuse with shelter, education, and employment. I now sit on the board, and find great fulfillment in working on economic solutions to severe social and cultural problems. Upon graduating, I jumped into high tech. My strong business background helped me jump from sales to management to executive management in just over a decade. This success provided the financial cushion needed to pursue my dream of becoming an author. When I left high tech, I assumed my selling days were over, but I was wrong. First, I had to sell myself to agents, then to editors, and, now, finally to readers. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many talented writers. Most are overwhelmed by the selling aspect of the industry, and there exists frustrations between the houses and authors because they come at the final product with different perspectives. Having a business background allows me to understand and add value on both sides.
Why Does the World Need More Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset?
John Burroughs wrote, “Leap and the net will appear.” There is no good time to quit a lucrative day job and pursue your passion. It will always be scary. Fortunately, I married a fellow Babson alumni, a like-minded entrepreneur. When I mentioned the idea of retiring at the uncommon age of 33, he said, “Do it. You were meant to be a writer.” Now, I’m 36 and in some ways it’s as if my real life is just beginning. Fear stands in the way of progress. Entrepreneurial minds see beyond the sliced income and safety nets, looking out at the beautiful view of what might be.
What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?
The community is open to creatives! I did my honors thesis under Professor Carolyn Megan. With her guidance, I wrote a 90-page novella—literally my first piece of fiction. The project was taken seriously, and its success was celebrated.